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What Apple loses without Steve

January 15, 2009

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-- Eric Auchard is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own --

"There's probably no God" runs the slogan of an advertising campaign humanists are running on buses across Britain. But if the supreme being has his doubters, few question the importance of Steve Jobs to Apple Inc.

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In Gaza war, lions led by donkeys?

By Bernd Debusmann
January 15, 2009

Bernd Debusmann - Great Debate- Bernd Debusmann is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own -

It's not often that a senior member of Washington's usually staid and cautious foreign policy establishment likens Israeli political leaders to donkeys and questions their competence. But the fighting in Gaza prompted Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies to do just that.

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Revival of U.S. automaking awaits if UAW will follow Toyota

January 14, 2009

morici-- Peter Morici is a professor at the University of Maryland School of Business and former chief economist at the U.S. International Trade Commission. The views expressed are his own. --

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Pension assumptions hitting the wall

By J Saft
January 14, 2009

James Saft Great Debate -- James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own --

That 8 percent annual return on investment you and your pension fund manager were banking on is now looking almost as optimistic as Madoff's magic 12 percent, as deleveraging and deflation bite.

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Global imbalances and the Triffin dilemma

January 13, 2009

John Kemp Great Debate-- John Kemp is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own --

For the world monetary system, the financial crisis which erupted in the summer of 2007 is a cataclysmic shift that will prove every bit as significant as the outbreak of the First World War (which heralded sterling's demise as a reserve currency) and the suspension of gold convertibility in 1971 (which marked the end of bullion's monetary role).

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Ukraine gas crisis spurs EU energy policy

By Paul Taylor
January 13, 2009

Paul Taylor Great Debate-- Paul Taylor is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own --

The gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine that has left hundreds of thousands of Europeans shivering in the winter cold is bound to accelerate plodding European Union efforts to build a common energy policy.

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Do tough times draw TV-viewers to Web?

January 12, 2009

-- Eric Auchard is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own --

In the first global recession of the Internet Age, budget-conscious consumers are showing they no longer have an endless appetite for every new gadget or media service.

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Of boom, bust but maybe not the Black Death

By J Saft
January 9, 2009

James Saft Great Debate -- James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own --

As the crisis has deepened we've had to search farther back in history for precedents, and with deflation at hand much of the debate now centers on how similar the next while will be to the Great Depression.

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China’s growth obsession may spawn jobless upturn

By Wei Gu
January 7, 2009

Wei Gu -- Wei Gu is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are her own --

China is pulling all the stops to keep the economy growing by at least 8 percent, a pace considered necessary to absorb millions of migrant workers and graduates that hit the job market every year.

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EU enters lame duck year amid challenges

By Paul Taylor
January 7, 2009

Paul Taylor Great Debate-- Paul Taylor is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own --

The European Union is entering a lame duck year just as new challenges are mounting from Israel's assault on Gaza, Russia's gas cut-off to Ukraine and the impending inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama.